gan·​try | \ ˈgan-trē How to pronounce gantry (audio) \
plural gantries

Definition of gantry

1 : a frame for supporting barrels
2 : a frame structure raised on side supports so as to span over or around something: such as
a : a platform made to carry a traveling crane and supported by towers or side frames running on parallel tracks also : a movable structure with platforms at different levels used for erecting and servicing rockets before launching
b : a structure spanning several railroad tracks and displaying signals for each

Examples of gantry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To help pave the way, company personnel walked up the launch gantry before liftoff and strapped in aboard the New Shepard capsule just as paying customers will do for an actual flight. William Harwood, CBS News, "Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin moves closer to passenger launches with 15th test flight," 14 Apr. 2021 Up on the seventh floor, in a stiff wind and bright sunlight, union carpenters used a portable steel gantry crane mounted on wheels to lift 14-by-14-inch columns into place, while a tower crane raised beams spanning between the columns. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Developers of Intro apartment project in Ohio City sing virtues of mass timber construction," 5 Apr. 2021 Other sculptures on Price Real Estate properties in Salt Lake City include an ostrich, a rhinoceros and a historical steel gantry crane beam with a bronze bird on top. Rick Egan, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Photos: Sumo wrestler sculpture unveiled on South Temple in SLC," 30 Mar. 2021 After that issue was corrected, engineers ran into problems with the system used to retract gantry access arms from the rocket during launch, then again with bad weather and more pad problems. William Harwood, CBS News, "After string of delays, Delta 4 rocket launches classified spy satellite," 10 Dec. 2020 With little pause, cars, SUVs and trucks swept through a gantry of volunteers, who quickly loaded a gallon of milk, a box of fresh produce, meat and dairy products into trunks. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Mayors neighboring Hartford launch weekly distribution to address regional food insecurity," 9 Oct. 2020 And then there are the gantry cranes, which at present are 67 and 75 tall. John King,, "Rugged new S.F. bayside park offers something unexpected — a day at the beach," 1 Oct. 2020 Both deployment and retrieval of the Northern Isles needed particularly calm weather and a full day of careful work involving robots and winches between the pontoons of a gantry barge. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Microsoft declares its underwater data center test was a success," 14 Sep. 2020 The art — some of which will reflect the colorful flowers Johnson loved to wear — will be installed on two long parallel historic gantry foundation walls, creating a large outdoor gallery. Rachel Desantis,, "New York State Park Named for Transgender Icon Marsha P. Johnson — a First for a LGBTQ Person," 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of gantry

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gantry

Middle English gauntree, reshaping (perhaps conformed to tre tree entry 1) of ganter, borrowed from Anglo-French *ganter (Old French —Picard— gantier, Old French chantier), going back to Latin cantērius, canthērius "horse of poor quality, rafter, prop for vines," akin to Greek kanthḗlia "panniers," (ónos) kanthḗlios "pack ass," both loanwords from an undetermined Mediterranean language

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“Gantry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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gan·​try | \ ˈgan-trē How to pronounce gantry (audio) \
plural gantries

Kids Definition of gantry

1 : a structure over railroad tracks for holding signals
2 : a movable structure for preparing a rocket for launching

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